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Larkken
Boys Weekend | Mattie Lubchansky
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Newly transitioned, non-binary Sammie goes on a debauched bachelor‘s weekend for their best friend from before they transitioned. They contend with micro- and macro aggressions as they try to figure out if these relationships are worth saving - literally saving, as it turns out, since the weekend happens at the site of an apocalyptic cults‘ bid to awaken their eldritch god. So… lots going on. The part with the clones felt most thought-out. ⬇️

Larkken I am confused (? Conflicted?), however, by this book‘s inclusion in #tob2024. What were the judges thinking? It‘s unlike anything else on the bracket, is uneven in its dealing with some themes, and is really unlikely to go far, given the historical decisions made by judges. This feels like a one-off, a “hey, why not?” And I feel like it deserves better than a footnote in a literary contest. Or is that unfair, and placing these kinds of books in ⬇️ (edited) 2h
Larkken The public discourse should be a POINT of the #tob? What do y‘all think? I don‘t think it‘s a perfect book, but that also shouldn‘t necessarily be the point of the tourney, and it does have some great themes even if I think other authors/books/formats have done them in a way I thought held together better or at least that I appreciated more. 2h
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
Endpapers | Jennifer Savran Kelly
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This incredible book is an honest and fascinating character study of a mid-20s struggling artist and bookbinder named Dawn. Dawn is a gender fluid bi Jewish person living in NYC in 2003 and she is, well, lost. When she discovers a queer love letter written on the back of 1950s lesbian pulp novel cover, she becomes obsessed with finding the woman who wrote it, thinking it will somehow help her self actualize. Beautiful character development!

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peanutnine
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I got an itch to reread this one and it was just as lovely as I remembered 💞
#LGBTQ2024 coming of age @Kenyazero

CindyMyLifeIsLit I‘m going to a teen book convention in a couple of weeks and he‘s going to be there, along with a slew of others. I can‘t wait! 16h
peanutnine @CindyMyLifeIsLit oh that sounds amazing!! 9h
Kenyazero That‘s an excellent coming of age pick! 8h
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DyAnne
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🩷Love this universe. Love these boys.🩷

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vlwelser
After Sappho | Selby Wynn Schwartz
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Mehso-so

I appreciate what the author was trying to do here, but it just wasn't my jam. Also the narrator on the audiobook struggles with pronouncing foreign words (esp French) so that was distracting....

#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 22h
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
Red, White and Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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peanutnine Beautiful collage ❤️ 19h
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TheIntrovertedDodoBird
Red, White and Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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My all-time favourite scene in the movie ❤️🤍👑💙. I feel a re-read on the horizon! Alex knows Henry toys with his signet ring when he's anxious, so he extends his own hand with the ring to calm his nerves... so sweet!

#caseymcquiston #princeofwales #firstson #gay #bisexual #LGBTQ #alexandhenry #romance #quotes #RWRB #NA #fiction #politicalromance #contemporaryromance #love #royality #boymeetsboy #boylovesboy #enemiestolovers #booktomovie

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Elizabeth2
Bookshops and Bonedust | Travis Baldree
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What an entertaining, lively, cozy, sweet, fun read! I had not heard of “cozy fantasy” before listening to the Reading Glasses podcast, where host Mallory has talked about her love of the book Legends & Lattes often. This is the prequel and I thoroughly enjoyed it! I loved the quirky characters and even got choked up a little at the end. I‘m listening to Legends & Lattes next, but suggest starting with that one as it was pub‘d first. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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PageShifter
These Violent Delights | Micah Nemerever
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Mehso-so

I didn't find main characters likable and it was hard to relate to their relationship, but it was toxic. I appreciate how this showed things from isolated person's POV. And then how everything went toward destruction.

This was more like a drama, I started this thinking I would be reading a mystery and that was a mistake.

I didn't like the writing.

I would say this was super interesting read, this really made me see things differently.

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JillR
Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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Patsy is desperate to leave Jamaica. Leaving her daughter behind, she heads to New York. It isn‘t the utopia she hopes and she enters an undocumented life barely scraping by doing menial work. As the story progresses you learn more of Patsy‘s motivations and demons. The story explores race, sex, class, gender, immigration and the life of an undocumented migrant in a hostile country. A great, thoughtful and thought-provoking read 👇

JillR I should say however I found this incredibly hard to get into, more or less for the first 200 pages, and very mainly bailed before something clicked. It also took most of the book to not actively dislike Patsy. 1d
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